This week’s service challenge is the conclusion of a previous challenge. As our community project draws to a close, I wanted to sincerely thank those of you who have joined in with me! I can’t tell you how much your support means.
A few years ago, I sat in a movie theater, frozen in my chair.
I am very familiar with the story of Les Miserables. I read the book in high school – the abridged version, and then the unabridged. (And let me tell you what – that thing is HUGE!) I have seen the play several times. I know most of the music. So when I went to see it in the movie theater, I wasn’t expecting to be surprised.
But I was.
Although I typically enjoy books and plays more than movies, this one … it got me. One scene in particular.
To be honest … it was a scene that has always made me feel uncomfortable. The “lovely ladies” lewdly sing about their customers, and Fantine’s face shows her disgust, her horror, and finally her fearful resignation as she spirals into her desperate new life. Prostitution is always a subject that had made me uncomfortable, as it probably does you. And I used to skim over that part of the story.
But as I watched this movie, my eyes were opened. Perhaps it was seeing it on the big screen, and perhaps it was seeing it as an adult and as a mother. But as I watched sweet Fantine look around her and realize that she could only see one option to earn the money to feed her child, my heart shattered. Not just because of the story.
But it hit me that this. Is. Real.
That there are women all around the world who are so desperate to feed their children that they have no option but to sell themselves at whatever price they can get.
And that, even worse, there are CHILDREN in this same condition.
Friends, this is hard to read. This is hard for me to type. I’d rather not think about it. But I ask you to. Not because I want to make you sad or fearful or helpless. Just the opposite.
I want you to think about it because there is something we can do.
You and I, in the safety of our homes. We can give to a cause that rescues children from a life of sex slavery.
Although we’re not on the airplane to rescue these children, we can pay for the flights. We can fund the sting operations. We can finance the undercover missions. We can rescue children from hell on earth.
This is the last week of our fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad. And together, we have donated $368 as a group. I am so thrilled and grateful to see that! And this week, as our fundraiser ends, I’d love to see that grow even more.
So this week, for our service challenge, I ask you to look into your heart, open your wallet, and see if you have a dollar or two to donate to this cause. Is there a purchase you were considering that you could skip? A lunch out that you can brown bag instead? A few chores your children can do so they can add their dollar to this cause?
If you haven’t read our first post, I’d love to have you check it out here. If you’d like to know what your money is going to, check out their website or Facebook page. In just the last few weeks, they have had four successful missions, freeing dozens of slaves and sending many traffickers to jail. This group is getting out there and changing the world. And I feel privileged to be able to help.
I truly believe that every dollar that we can give to this wonderful group will be greatly appreciated. And remember, the money does NOT come to me (or through me). You donate directly onto the website, meaning any donations are tax-deductible. I am not sponsored or affiliated in any way with Operation Underground Railroad. I just love the work they do, and I wanted to join in on this with my people.
Thank you for joining me, friends. I believe, with all of my heart, that together, we can make a difference in this world.
To view our fundraiser, just click here: Let’s Do Some Good Today’s fundraiser page